Odd Footpath sign

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Odd Footpath sign

Post by Big Nick » Tue Jul 27, 2021 21:46

I went to South Weald Country Park with my Dad a while back and on the way out we passed this sign. The dark green is normal for Essex CC footpaths. I feel this dates back to the 1980s going by the ⅓ symbol.

What struck me was the mixed metric and imperial distances which I've only noticed on footpath signs. OS maps are metric and use km so that makes sense but in talking terms we are more likely to say we walked for 3 miles.

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Re: Odd Footpath sign

Post by Bryn666 » Wed Jul 28, 2021 11:16

Big Nick wrote:
Tue Jul 27, 2021 21:46
I went to South Weald Country Park with my Dad a while back and on the way out we passed this sign. The dark green is normal for Essex CC footpaths. I feel this dates back to the 1980s going by the ⅓ symbol.

What struck me was the mixed metric and imperial distances which I've only noticed on footpath signs. OS maps are metric and use km so that makes sense but in talking terms we are more likely to say we walked for 3 miles.

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That looks older than 1980s - I'd go as far as saying early 1970s which would be around the time when people were keen to experiment with metrication of signs.
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Re: Odd Footpath sign

Post by jgharston » Wed Jul 28, 2021 16:53

And the oddity that it's labelled as 2 times 1 Kelvin metres.

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Re: Odd Footpath sign

Post by Chris Bertram » Wed Jul 28, 2021 17:48

jgharston wrote:
Wed Jul 28, 2021 16:53
And the oddity that it's labelled as 2 times 1 Kelvin metres.
Well, we signed weight limits in Teslas for years.
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